South African wine triumphs at international awards

A South African wine has scooped a prestigious international award. Held in the UK, Decanter World Wine Awards named DeMorgenzon Chardonnay Reserve 2015 as one of the best in the world.

It received the “platinum: best in show” chardonnay for a wine of more than £15 (about R324).

The wine came out on top against 16 000 others, originating from France, the US and Australia, according to the SABC. The Decanter Awards is the largest in the world and known as the most wine prestigious competition.

“I am absolutely thrilled,” Stellenbosch’s DeMorgenzon wine estate owner, Wendy Appelbaum, told the SABC.

“It’s not only good for the farm, I think it’s good for South Africa. I think that when they realise that South Africa is actually making some of the best wines in the world it will do the entire industry the world of good.”

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Winemaker Carl van de Merwe said he used natural and traditional processes to make the award-winning chardonnay.

“I think it takes a ton of insight and an ability to dream, and an ability to perceive and understand your natural resources, the people that you work with, the sight and then just a love and a passion for making wine and you put that all together,” he told the SABC.

The awards

Chile and France dominated the “platinum: best in show” category, taking six and nine titles, respectively.

Blind tastings are done of all the wines by 240 of the world’s most esteemed Masters of Wine Master Sommeliers.

DeMorgenzon Chardonnay Reserve 2015 profile

  • Bottle size: 75cl
  • Closure: Natural cork
  • Alcohol level: 12%
  • Grape composition: 51% chardonnay, 49% pinot noir
  • Tasting notes: 86/100 heady citrus, marmalade and sweet biscuit aromas, and a palate brimming with candied fruit, crunchy apple, zesty mandarin and a fresh citrus
    acidity.

South Africa.info reporter